Shopping - Buxton & Frisco
This page provides information for shopping in Buxton & Frisco, NC on the Outer Banks.
Old Gray House
- 47074 Light Plant Road
- (252) 995-6098
The Old Gray House is one of those stores that vacationers can’t wait to return to each year. The store is housed in an historic island home on Light Plant Road across from Conner’s Supermarket. Inside you’ll find tons of treasures and gifts, much of it handcrafted, including Christmas decorations, baskets, wreaths, cross-stitch, birdhouses, dolls, knickknacks and a lot of seashells. You’ll want to stay awhile and talk with the friendly owners.
Red Drum Pottery
- 53561 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-3686
This is the working studio of potters Wes Lassiter and Rhonda Bates. You can often catch the potters at the wheel, and you can see their functional and decorative pieces on display in the gallery. You must stop in to see their award-winning relief ceramic tiles and ornaments imprinted with sea life, floral patterns and wildlife. The Christmas tree ornaments are the perfect souvenirs of a Hatteras vacation. There’s a painting gallery here as well, representing Rhonda’s work. You’ll also find some jewelry. See our Recreation section to learn about the theater that’s onsite featuring performances of the band Banjo Island.
Red Drum Tackle Shop
- 46813 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-5414
The legendary Red Drum, serving Hatteras Island since 1954, offers all the bait, tackle, supplies, gear and advice you’ll need, plus rod building and repair. It’s in a strip center that also houses a grocery store, a gas station, an auto parts store and an auto repair shop. Stop by for a free tide table.
- 47188 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-6165
Salon Jobell specializes in cuts, colors and foils. They also offer manicures and pedicures if all the beach sand has wreaked havoc on your nails. Call for an appointment.
Scotch Bonnet Fudge and Gifts
- 51684 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-4242, (888) 354-4242
Located at MP 65.5, Scotch Bonnet sells sweets and souvenirs. By far the biggest draw is their fudge, which is made fresh in house and is so good it was featured on the Food Network. You’ll find more than 30 flavors, so we dare you to try to resist. They also sell 21 flavors of saltwater taffy and 24 flavors of Jelly Belly jelly beans. Sugar-free fudge and taffy can be found here. Scotch Bonnet carries nice souvenirs, home decor, 100s of seashells, hermit crabs, T-shirts and much more.
Sunsational Designs Gallery & Beads of Paradise
- 53255 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-5960
This gallery, owned by a native Hatteras Island family for more than 20 years, is not an ordinary art gallery. Sure, they offer paintings and other artwork by their family of artisans, but they also offer rock art, driftwood art and their latest creation, oyster shell art. Sarah Allender is the jewelry designer on site. She also has her own signature etched glass, which is fun and whimsical. They sell thousands of beads, too, so this is a great place to make your own custom jewelry. They also do hair wraps and henna tattoos.
- 53321 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-3352
Everybody can find a swimsuit at this store. With four stores on Hatteras Island and more on the northern Outer Banks, Surfside Casuals is one of the area’s most well-known names in swimwear, beach apparel and sportswear. The women’s swimsuit section offers hundreds of suits, including separates, for every shape and age. They also offer T-shirts that you can have printed with decals and lots of other souvenirs.
- 53321 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-4408
With several stores on Hatteras Island and more on the northern Outer Banks, Surfside Casuals is one of the area’s most well-known names in beach apparel and sportswear. Surfside Casuals offers some of the hottest brand names in surf- and beach-inspired clothing for women and boardshorts for men. The women’s swimsuit section offers hundreds of suits, including separates, for every shape and age.
The Elegant Attic
- 48154 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-4468
The Elegant Attic is an antiques shop housed in an old Buxton cottage that the owner saved from demolition. The shop’s main feature is a spectacular selection of antique stained-glass windows and doors imported from England. You’ll find other antiques as well, including English and domestic furniture, and there’s also a large selection of jewelry, linens, fine glassware, scarves, clothing, candles and gifts. The prices are very reasonable. The shop, which is south of the Buxton post office, has recently expanded, and you could easily spend a couple of hours browsing around in here. The owner also has vignettes set up in her house and welcomes folks into her home to see how she uses the windows as decor.
The Space Between
- 50840 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 995-5729
The Space Between is a full-service espresso bar serving all your favorite coffee drinks, Chai, tea and smoothies. There’s seating on the porch, and WiFi is available. This is also a fun boutique, with a wide variety of clothing, shoes, handmade hats, jewelry, purses and many more good things. It’s open year round.